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Memphis Bluff City Nationals Recap

Monday, May 14, 2018

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (May 14, 2018) – Memphis Bluff City Nationals presented by Dart’s Carts at Memphis International Raceway (MIR) marked the return of pro-pulling to the midsouth last weekend and the competition was fierce amongst the three different classes competing.

MIR brought in 400 truckloads of dirt to create a pulling track alongside our world-famous ¼-mile drag strip for the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League to compete on. This newly created dirt pulling track was well received by the drivers and the fans, who could sit just feet away from the action.

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Memphis Bluff City Nationals presented by Dart's Carts featured three classes: Super Modified Tractors, Super Modified 2WD Trucks, and Mini Rods. These classes were well represented with over 40 trucks and tractors traveling from as far away as California and New York to compete.

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On Friday night, Grayson Shelton, from New London, NC, took the win in his mini-rod named Sawed-Off. Grayson pulled the sled an incredible 328.06 feet, beating the second-place runner-up by over four feet. His mini rod was wheel-standing and moving side to side as it roared down the dirt track to the delight of spectators.

Hometown hero, Dr. Tim Messer, took the win in the Super-Modified 2-Wheel Drive Truck class on Friday night in his truck named Thin Blue Line. He was the first to pull in his class on Friday and set the bar high with a pulling distance of 311.64 feet. No other driver in his class could touch Messer’s first pull, and he took the win on Friday night with the grandstands cheering for their local driver.

Michael Stewart, from Paris, TN, won the final class of the night on Friday - the 10,000+ horsepower, multi-engined Super Modified tractors. He pulled 320.36 feet and won the class by over 3 feet. The noise and raw power of his rig, named Protect the Harvest Down & Dirty, had the crowd on its feet as it used every one of its 10,000 horsepower to violently make its way down the track.

The close competition from Friday night continued into Saturday night for Memphis Bluff City National’s presented by Dart's Carts final evening of pulling.

Richard Peters, from Thornville, OH, took the win in the mini rod class on Saturday night in his rig named Buckeye Special. Richard has been competing in pro-pulling for over 30 years and he was a competitor in the last pro-pulling event in Memphis in 1989. He pulled the sled with Buckeye Special 320.27 feet, setting a high bar that no other mini-rod could come close to touching on Saturday night. The next runner up was 15 feet short – the widest margin of the weekend.

Mark Austin, from Philo, IL, won first place in the Super-Modified 2-Wheel Drive Truck class on Saturday night. He pulled the sled 338.66 feet with dirt spraying 10 feet in the air as his truck, named After Midnight, roared down the track.

Grayson Shelton followed up his win in the mini-rod class on Friday night with a win in the Super Modified Tractor class on Saturday. He pulled 327.34 feet in Ruckus, a hemi powered tractor. The Super Modified Tractors were the closest class of the night with just nine feet separating the first 3 leaders of the class. Every pull down the track had the crowd on its feet as they tried to see who was going to pull into first place.

Friday Night Results:

Mini-Rod Tractors

FINISH

VEHICLE

DRIVER

CITY, STATE

DISTANCE

1

SAWED-OFF

GRAYSON SHELTON

NEW LONDON, NC

328.06

2

HAVE NO MERCY

TYLER SLAGH

ZEELAND, MI

323.89

3

BUCKEYE SPECIAL

RICHARD PETERS

THORNVILLE, OH

322.25

4

SHOW NO MERCY

BRUCE SLAGH

ZEELAND, MI

317.12

5

NOT DONE

JESSLYN HOLLINGHEAD

HANFORD, CA

312.19

6

STRESS RELEIF

TODD BULTMAN

ZEELAND, MI

310.33

7

CUTTIN UP

REESE SHELTON

NEW LONDON, NC

296.38

8

TAIL SPIN

TIM CUTSHALL

AFTON, TN

293.45

9

FAMILY FORCE

TIM CUTSHALL

AFTON, TN

277.30

10

SPLINTER

STAN SHELTON

NEW LONDON, NC

266.89

11

SHARE CROPPER

JESSLYN FAGUNDES

HANFORD, CA

266.74

12

SPENDING THEIR INHERITANCE

MARY KEHL

STRYKERSVILLE, NY

142.93

Super-Modified 2-Wheel Drive Trucks

FINISH

VEHICLE

DRIVER

CITY, STATE

DISTANCE

1

THIN BLUE LINE

TIM MESSER

MEMPHIS, TN

311.64

2

LIL WHIP

DON NELSON

CAT SPRINGS, TX

311.00

3

WILLY MAKIT

BOBBIE BARBEE

SPRINGFIELD, TN

310.74

4

BARBWIRE

WESLEY FOSTER

MCMINNVILLE, TN

305.32

5

MIDNIGHT CHAOS

MISTY NELSON

SIDNEY, IL

304.85

6

P5

JESSIE PETRO

CAMDEN, OH

304.77

7

MIDNIGHT REVENGER

JORDAN NELSON

ALTAMONT, IL

303.70

8

SOUTHWIND DENTAL

TIM MESSER

MEMPHIS, TN

302.25

9

2 TIMIN'

CHAD MAYHILL

REYNOLDS, IN

297.86

10

SWEET REVENGE

JORDAN NELSON

ALTAMONT, IL

297.27

11

ALL IN

DONNIE SULLIVAN

WARSAW, KY

296.49

12

MIDNIGHT GAMBLER

JEREMY NELSON

SIDNEY, IL

296.03

13

LAST CHANCE

DALE NELSON

ALTAMONT, IL

294.30

14

ADDICTION

MICHAEL WHITE

LAFAYETTE, TN

294.09

15

HILLBILLY HOT ROD

CHAD HAGGERTY

GAYS MILLS, WI

294.00

16

TAZ TOY

ERVIN CLARK

MACHIAS, NY

293.11

17

FULL THROTTLE

LISA TATUM

BARDSTOWN, KY

291.61

18

AFTER MIDNIGHT

JOHN MUMMA

PHILO, IL

290.57

19

SPIKE

JAMIE MATTINGLY

BARDSTOWN, KY

285.64

20

THOR

JIM MATTINGLY

BARDSTOWN, KY

284.91

21

PARTS CITY AUTO PARTS

TONY TATUM

BARDSTOWN, KY

284.43

22

TAZ

JUSTIN GALLION

EDMOND, OK

283.24

23

NITROHOLIC

OZ HAY

SIKESTON, MO

279.30

24

AMERICAN MADE

KEITH SLAYDEN

CLINTON, KY

HOOK/BROKE

Super-Modified Tractors


FINISH

VEHICLE

DRIVER

CITY, STATE

DISTANCE

1

PROTECT THE HARVEST  DOWN & DIRTY

MICHAEL STEWART

PARIS, TN

320.36

2

LUCAS OIL GREEN STREAK

STEVE BOYD

WASHINGTON, IN

316.13

3

LORTV-LUCAS OIL

RICKY LONG

GLASGOW, KY

307.02

4

LUCAS OIL

KEITH LONG

GLASGOW, KY

304.12

5

DIRTSLINGER

BILL LEISCHNER

WELDON, IL

300.53

6

GREEN STREAK UNLIMITED

GREG BOYD

WASHINGTON, IN

299.86

7

THE JUDGE NEXT GEN.

DARRICK BARGA

ANSONIA, OH

295.26

8

SHEL-SHOCKED

STAN SHELTON

NEW LONDON, NC

291.50

9

E3 SPARK PLUGS TAKES A LICKEN

STEVE BUNNAGE

GOLDEN GATE, IL

278.56

10

KENTUCKIAN

WAYNE SULLIVAN

WARSAW, KY

267.69

11

RUCKUS

REECE SHELTON

NEW LONDON, NC

167.74

Michael Stewart "Protect the Harvest Down N Dirty" Friday Super Modified Winner

winner 1

Steve Boyd "Lucas Oil Green Streak" Friday's 2nd place finisher 

winner 2

Tim Messer "Thin Blue Line" Friday's 2wd Truck Winner

winner 3

Saturday Results

Mini-Rod Tractors

FINISH

VEHICLE

DRIVER

CITY, STATE

DISTANCE

1

BUCKEYE SPECIAL

RICHARD PETERS

THORNVILLE, OH

320.27

2

SHOW NO MERCY

BRUCE SLAGH

ZEELAND, MI

304.61

3

CUTTIN UP

REESE SHELTON

NEW LONDON, NC

296.74

4

SPLINTER

CAMILLE SHELTON

NEW LONDON, NC

295.66

5

SAWED-OFF

GRAYSON SHELTON

NEW LONDON, NC

293.72

6

TAIL SPIN

TIM CUTSHALL

AFTON, TN

286.74

7

NOT DONE

JESSLYN HOLLINGHEAD

HANFORD, CA

286.26

8

STRESS RELEIF

TODD BULTMAN

ZEELAND, MI

274.07

9

FAMILY FORCE

TIM CUTSHALL

AFTON, TN

272.17

10

SHARE CROPPER

JESSLYN FAGUNDES

HANFORD, CA

271.07

11

HAVE NO MERCY

TYLER SLAGH

ZEELAND, MI

270.25

12

SPENDING THEIR INHERITANCE

MARY KEHL

STRYKERSVILLE, NY

SCRATCH



Super-Modified 2-Wheel Drive Trucks

FINISH

VEHICLE

DRIVER

CITY, STATE

DISTANCE

1

AFTER MIDNIGHT

MARK AUSTIN

PHILO, IL

338.66

2

MIDNIGHT CHAOS

JEREMY NELSON

SIDNEY, IL

331.79

3

SOUTHWIND DENTAL

TIM MESSER

MEMPHIS, TN

331.62

4

BARBWIRE

WESLEY FOSTER

MCMINNVILLE, TN

331.19

5

P5

JESSIE PETRO

CAMDEN, OH

331.18

6

WILLY MAKIT

BOBBIE BARBEE

SPRINGFIELD, TN

329.40

7

ADDICTION

MICHAEL WHITE

LAFAYETTE, TN

328.26

8

THIN BLUE LINE

TIM MESSER

MEMPHIS, TN

326.73

9

SPIKE

JAMIE MATTINGLY

BARDSTOWN, KY

320.24

10

THOR

JIM MATTINGLY

BARDSTOWN, KY

319.92

11

TAZ TOY

ERVIN CLARK

MACHIAS, NY

317.82

12

PARTS CITY AUTO PARTS

TONY TATUM

BARDSTOWN, KY

315.00

13

FULL THROTTLE

LISA TATUM

BARDSTOWN, KY

314.89

14

MIDNIGHT REVENGER

JORDAN NELSON

ALTAMONT, IL

313.64

15

MIDNIGHT GAMBLER

JEREMY NELSON

SIDNEY, IL

312.98

16

LAST CHANCE

DALE NELSON

ALTAMONT, IL

311.17

17

NITROHOLIC

OZ HAY

SIKESTON, MO

305.84

18

LIL WHIP

DON NELSON

CAT SPRINGS, TX

305.26

19

TAZ

JUSTIN GALLION

EDMOND, OK

304.00

20

ALL IN

DONNIE SULLIVAN

WARSAW, KY

303.95

21

2 TIMIN'

CHAD MAYHILL

REYNOLDS, IN

275.63

22

SWEET REVENGE

JORDAN NELSON

ALTAMONT, IL

DQ

23

AMERICAN MADE

KEITH SLAYDEN

CLINTON, KY

SCRATCH

24

HILLBILLY HOT ROD

CHAD HAGGERTY

GAYS MILLS, WI

SCRATCH


Super-Modified Tractors

FINISH

VEHICLE

DRIVER

CITY, STATE

DISTANCE

1

RUCKUS

GRAYSON SHELTON

NEW LONDON, NC

327.34

2

THE JUDGE NEXT GEN.

DARRICK BARGA

ANSONIA, OH

322.46

3

PROTECT THE HARVEST DOWN & DIRTY

MICHAEL STEWART

PARIS, TN

318.71

4

LUCAS OIL GREEN STREAK

STEVE BOYD

WASHINGTON, IN

314.61

5

KENTUCKIAN

WAYNE SULLIVAN

WARSAW, KY

314.24

6

GREEN STREAK UNLIMITED

GREG BOYD

WASHINGTON, IN

313.49

7

DIRTSLINGER

BILL LEISCHNER

WELDON, IL

302.51

8

SHEL-SHOCKED

REESE SHELTON

NEW LONDON, NC

299.09

9

E3 SPARK PLUGS TAKES A LICKEN

STEVE BUNNAGE

GOLDEN GATE, IL

291.07

10

LUCAS OIL

KEITH LONG

GLASGOW, KY

273.39

11

LORTV-LUCAS OIL

RICKY LONG

GLASGOW, KY

159.45

 

Grayson Shelton "Ruckus" Super Modified 1st place on Saturday

winner 4

Mark Austin "RhinoAg After Midnight" 1st Place 2wd Truck on Saturday & Jeremy Nelson "Chaos" Saturday's 2nd place in 2wds and Guitar winner

winner 5

Darrick Barga "RhinoAg Judge Next Generation" 2nd Place Saturday in Super Modified

winner 6

Michael Stewart "Protect The Harvest Down N Dirty" 3rd place Saturday and Guitar winner.

winner 7

Rick Peters "Buckeye Special" Saturday's Mini Rod Winner and Guitar winner

winner 8

Bruce Slagh "Show No Mercy" Saturday's Mini Rod 2nd place

winner 9

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